KNOW YOUR FAM­ILY HIS­TORY ... LIKE AN­GELINA

Woman’s Day (NZ) - - Healthy Living -

An­gelina Jolie made the brave de­ci­sion to have a dou­ble mas­tec­tomy. She is a car­rier for the BRCA1 gene and was told she had a 87% risk of breast can­cer. Around 5% of breast can­cer cases are caused by a faulty gene passed through fam­i­lies. You may be at higher risk if your fam­ily his­tory in­cludes more than two close rel­a­tives on one side of the fam­ily with ei­ther breast or ovar­ian can­cer (es­pe­cially if di­ag­nosed at a young age and in both breasts). If you have a fam­ily his­tory, talk to your doc­tor about screen­ing op­tions and risk re­duc­tion.

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